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Astros Crawfish Boil: July 17th, 2019

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MLB: Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

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Astros News

The Astros continue to stumble into the second half with a rather ugly loss to the Angels last night (Houston Chronicle)
Which was punctuated by the Angels drilling Marisnick in retaliation for the Lucroy hit (KHOU 11)
And both teams closed ranks around their teammates, insisting that the whole thing was a just a gentle misunderstanding (ABC 13)
It’s also somewhat coincidental timing that Jake received the MLBPA’s Heart and Hustle award for the Astros (Houston Chronicle)
Robinson Chirinos is working to improve his mechanics at the plate as he struggles through a prolonged slump (Houston Chronicle)
Did A’s closer Liam Hendricks and the Astros just become best friends? (Sporting News)
The Astros have opened up their baseball ops to McKinsey Consultants (The Athletic, $$$)
Houston will be wearing special caps to commemorate the moon landing on the 22nd (KHOU 11)

Around the League

Here are six players who’s trade stock is fluctuating on approach to the deadline (Sports Illustrated)
One of those is Zack Wheeler, who has seen his value plummet since he hit the IL, which is just so Mets (FanGraphs)
CC Sabathia and the Rays were real mad at each other last night (AP News)
Are the Indians ready to flip the script and make a push for the playoffs? (FOX Sports)
Get your popcorn ready for the NL Central race, which is becoming one of the better races in the league (The Ringer)
Edgar Martinez will head to the Hall of Fame this weekend representing one of the few pure DH players to be enshrined (La Vida Baseball)